Is precision public health a good idea – or even possible?

PPSAn article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine explores the inherent tension between public health and precision medicine as public health has worked to improve the health of populations and precision medicine seeks to improve the health of individuals via their unique genome.    In “Precision” Public Health — Between Novelty and Hype, Merlin Chowkwanyun, Ronald Bayer, and Sandro Galea explore what precision medicine might mean for public health and ask:

  • What does a shift toward precision medicine mean for public health?

  • Will precision public health provide an opportunity reenvision and empower public health or is it an abandonment of public health’s core aim of enhancing health at a population level?

  • How will public health integrate individual genome specific data and interventions with its broader mission?

To learn more about these issues and other genetics topics, participate in the SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.



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DC for Free: Tai Chi, Newseum, Kalanidhi Dance and more!

HealthyLiving_SeptGet out and see DC via Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb’s September events calendar!

You can use the Healthy Living calendar to find free events including exercise (tai chi and Roosevelt Island run),  cultural events (National Book Festival and Kalanidhi Dance), and activities to help you enjoy and explore Washington, DC (DC Veg Fest and H Street Festival).

Go see DC!

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New: Himmelfarb Search Tool

HI@H_newOver the last year, the three GW University libraries have worked together to implement new management and discovery systems.   The new systems provides access to collections and library resources available to the GW community at large and can also search the collections of the Washington Research Libraries Consortium (i.e. Georgetown University, American University, Catholic University, etc.).

One major change to library systems at GW is that all patrons have been assigned to a home library.  If you are in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, or the School of Nursing, your home library is the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.

What does this mean for you?

  • Start every search at the Himmelfarb Library webpage ( which features the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box.

  • Sign-in to Health Information @ Himmelfarb with your GW NetID:

    • to ensure full access to Himmelfarb collections and document delivery services.  While most search results are displayed regardless of login, Scopus search results are displayed for on-campus and logged-in users exclusively.

    • to see what library items you have checked out and renew them.

  • Himmelfarb Library users can still search the Gelman Library collection and access Gelman Library electronic full-text articles and books – and vice versa.  However, access to print books and materials at other WRLC Libraries requires that you login to your home library.

How do I sign in?

  1. Access Himmelfarb Library and then enter a search in the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box or go directly to

  2. Click on Sign In in the upper right corner of the Health Information @ Himmelfarb screen.

  3. Enter your GW NetID ( and password.

Additional information is available via our FAQ.

Should you have any questions or concerns about how the new system works, please contact the Information Desk at 202-994-2850 or chat us @ Ask Us.

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Himmelfarb Closed on Sunday 8/12/18

Exterior of Himmelfarb LibraryBecause of the expected protest and rally activity impacting the Foggy Bottom Campus, the Himmelfarb Library will be among the University buildings closed. Himmelfarb Library will be closed from Saturday August 11 at midnight until 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Please see the campus advisory notice for more detailed information on how the weekend’s events are expected to affect activities on campus.

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Healthy *Summer* Living @ Himmelfarb


Explore DC via Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb’s August events calendar!

You can use the Healthy Living calendar to find free events including exercise (paddleboarding and yoga),  cultural events (concerts, movies, and museum exhibits), and activities to help you enjoy and explore Washington, DC (neighborhood festival).

Take a study break!

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Hello again, National Guideline Clearinghouse?

NGCIn the wake of the recent demise of the National Guideline Clearinghouse due to a loss of federal funding, the ECRI Institute has announced plan to continue to provide access to a guideline database.  ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization which the United States federal government contracted with to develop and maintain the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

The ECRI will launch an initial site in Fall 2018 to allow users to search and retrieve clinical practice guidelines and will include unbiased evaluations on the rigor and transparency of guidelines based on the National Academy of Medicine‘s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) standards for trustworthiness.  While the National Guideline Clearinghouse was available at no cost to all users, the ECRI’s guidelines’ database will be freely accessible to participating guideline developers; access costs for other users, if any, are not posted at this time.

For additional information, please consult, or contact ECRI Institute at ot 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 USA.
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Goodbye: National Guideline Clearinghouse

NGCThe National Guideline Clearinghouse has ceased operation and links to it have been removed from the Himmelfarb Library website.  The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality released a statement on July 2, 2018 which stated that the National Guideline Clearinghouse would cease as federal funding is no longer available to support it.

To access practice guidelines, the following resources continue to be available:
  • PubMed – Himmelfarb’s customized filters display on the right side of every search results’ page to provide access to practice guidelines; users may also limit by publication type to practice guidelines using the filters on the left side of the PubMed’s search results screen.
  • DynaMed Plus – DynaMed Plus’ evidence-based approach to information synthesis identifies many clinical guidelines.  You will find guidelines summarized and linked in DynaMed Plus articles and can also find guidelines in the ‘Guidelines and Resources’ area of specific articles.   Epocrates Essentials also summarizes and links to practice guidelines.
  • ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing – Both resources provide extensive Guidelines/Practice Guidelines libraries.  Users may search this segment specifically, or filter for guidelines after a more general search.
If you have questions regarding these resources or need assistance in identifying guidelines, please ask us or contact Laura Abate (
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